Epidendrum repens Cogn. 1909 GROUP Ramosum SUBGROUP Repens Photo by © Eric Hunt and his Flickr Photo Site

Plant and Flower

Another Angle Photos by © Patricia Harding


Common Name The Crawling Epidendrum

Flower Size 3/4" [2 cm]

Found from Cuba, Dominican Republic, Haiti, Jamaica, Leewards, southern Mexico, Guatemala, El Salvador, Honduras, Niacaragua, Costa Rica, Panama, Venezuela, Colombia, Ecuador and Bolivia in cloud forests at elevations around 1500 to 2000 meters as a miniature to medium sized, cool growing epiphyte and sometimes lithophyte with a branching stem enveloped basally by several, tubular, scarious sheaths and carrying many, linear-oblong, obtuse, basally clasping leaves that blooms in spring through fall on a terminal, short inflorescence with a single flower that is held close to the leaf apex.

The large, hanging plants with a single flowered inflorescence enveloped by 2 bracts carrying a yellow green flower, with a ovate-cordate to cordate-triangular lip separates this species from others.

Synonyms Epidendrum bourgeaui Schltr. 1918; Epidendrum protractum Schltr. 1920; Epidendrum ramistratum Schltr. 1921; Epidendrum solisequum Kraenzl. 1921; Spathiger repens (Cogn.) Acuña 1939

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; *Symbolae Antillanae Vol VI Orchidaceae Urban 1909; Flora of Jamaica Fawcett & Rendle 1910 drawing ok; Repert. Spec. Nov. Regni Veg. Beih. 7: 145 Schlechter 1920 as E protractum; Repert. Spec. Nov. Regni Veg. Beih. 7: 250 Schlechter 1920 as E protractum; Repert. Spec. Nov. Regni Veg. Beih. 8: 82 Ecuador Schlechter 1921 as E ramistratum; Repert. Spec. Nov. Regni Veg. Beih. Figuren-Atlas 57: 196 Schlechter 1929 as E protractum drawing fide; Repert. Spec. Nov. Regni Veg. Beih. Figuren-Atlas 57: 359 Schlechter 1929 as E ramistratum drawing fide; The Genus Epidendrum Ames 1936; Catalogo Descriptivo de las Orquideas Cubanas Acuna 1938 as Spathiger repens; The Orchids of Panama L.O. Williams & P Allen 1946; Ceiba Vol 5 No 1 L O Williams 1956; AOS Bulletin Vol 28 No 5 1959; AOS Bulletin Vol 33 #8 1964; Venezuelan Orchids Illustrated Vol 4 Dunsterville & Garay 1966 drawing fide; Flora de Venezuela Foldats Volumen XV Part 3 1970 drawing fide; Las Orquedias De El Salvador Vol 1 Hamer 1974 drawing/photo fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 48 #5 1979; Die Orchideen 3 Auflage Bd 1 Sonderabdruck aus Schlechter Lieferung 9 513 - 576 Brieger, Maatsch and Senghas 1977; Orquídea (Mexico City), n.s., 7[3]: 1979; Orchids of Venezuela, An Illustrated Field Guide Vol 1 Dunsterville & Garay 1979 drawing fide; Miniature Orchids Northen 1980; Las Orquedias de El Salvador Vol 3 Hamer 1981 drawing fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 49 No 5 1979; Icones Planetarum Tropicarum plate 733 Dodson 1982 drawing fide; Selbyana Vol 10 Orchids of Central America Hamer 1988 drawing fide; Field Guide to the Orchids of Costa Rica and Panama Dressler 1993; Icones Orchidacearum 3 Plate 315 Hagsater 1999 see recognition section; Orchidaceae Antillanae Nir 2000; Orchids of Venezuela [An illustrated field guide] Vol. 1 Ramiro and Carnevali 2000 drawing fide; Flora of the Venezuelan Guayana Vol 7 Steyermark, Berry, Yatskievych and Holst 2003; Manual de las Plantas de Costa Rica Vol 3 Hammel, Grayum, Herrera and Zamora 2003; Orchids of Bolivia Vol 2 Laelinae Vasquez and Ibisch 2004; The Orchids of Cuba Llamacho & Larramendi 2005; Icones Orchidacearum 9 Plate 919 Hagsater 2007 see recognition section; Icones Orchidacearum 9 Plate 923 Hagsater 2007 see recognition section; Icones Orchidacearum 9 Plate 953 Hagsater 2007 see recognition section; Icones Orchidacearum 9 Plate 994 Hagsater 2007 see recognition section; Orquideas de la Republica Dominicana Y Haiti Fernandez 2007 photo fide; Icones Orchidacearum Vol 11 Plate 1169 Hagsater & Sanchez 2008 drawing fide; Orchids of Costa Rica Vol 3 Morales 2009 photo fide; Icones Orchidacearum 13 Plate 1390 Hasater & Salazar 2010 see recognition section; Orchid Flora of the Greater Antilles Ackerman 2014; Orquideas, Tesoro de Colombia Vol 2 Ortiz & Uribe 2017 drawing fide;